A Big Five of rising stars from Nigeria collaborate on ‘Kele-le‘, in
association with Red Hot Org to raise funding and awareness for
women’s health organisations fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in
Nigeria. With over 1 million women living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, it
is a gargantuan battle and all funds raised by the EP will be matched by Red
Hot Org and distributed to women’s health clinics such as RAISE Foundation in Nigeria.
Lady Donli, Oshun, Bella Alubo, Tomi Owo and Mz Kiss join a long and
distinguished list of over 20 compilation projects that Red Hot Org have curated since 1990 that have included Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Blood Orange,
Chance The Rapper, Wu Tang Clan, Madonna, Nirvana, U2 and Childish
Gambino, which have raised millions of dollars for health organisations
around the world.
Across brooding organ on ‘Go On, Woman’, Metallica aficionado Tomi
Owó (check out her marvellous cover of ‘Through the Never’) encourages
her fellow women to be free and be all that they can be. Mz Kiss and
Afrofuturist duo Oshun collaborate on the afrobeat floor-filler ‘You Look
Good’ while Lady Donli serves up her alt-jazz/neo-soul stew on ‘Kauna’.
Bella Alubo (fresh from the release of a her single G.O.A.T along with Ty
Dolla $ign featuring verses from Biggie/Jay-Z collaboration ‘I Love the
Dough’) raps her J-Town poetry across ‘Loneliest Girl In The World’, her
pop-soul fusion sound betraying withering lyrics, that slash and burn –
“People like me who just think I’m pretty, is that the truth or is that my
anxiety? Taking no chance, I ain’t got the energy, cancel my plans till I
write this melody.” While it tackles serious issues which concern the LGBTQ community, throughout the EP, all artists carry themselves with flamboyant energy, resulting in infectious blend of Afro-futuristic and alt-pop anthems.
The Kele-le EP is the first of several planned collaborative EPs from Red
Hot Org, which will feature the best of Afrobeat from the most
progressive female artists in Nigeria, with a view to empowering young
female artists in Nigeria to write and speak about women’s health rights
Words by Will Russell.